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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:04 am    Post subject: Lakers in the News 1/15/14: "I just reacted in the moment," Young said. Another Gasol Trade Rumor

Just back from the Philippines where they are making great strides in recoverying from Typhoon Yolanda. Glad to be back with better pictures in my mind than I had after the 1st trip right after the storm.

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First signs of fractured locker room?
January, 16, 2014
JAN 16
12:16
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By Dave McMenamin
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PHOENIX -- Jordan Hill, by all accounts, is what you want out of a "team guy."

He stays ready, even when he's being shuttled in and out of the lineup. He brings energy when he does find court time, his specialty being offensive rebounds, which often times results in him creating wide-open shot opportunities for his teammates through his efforts to secure extra possessions. He has an affable personality, one that lends to building a positive relationship with every player on the Los Angeles Lakers' roster.

With that said, it was mighty telling it was Hill of all people to speak out following the Lakers' 120-118 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, pointing the finger somewhere other than the big men after the Lakers were outrebounded 48-35 by the Cavaliers, leading to 19 second-chance points.

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Nick Young, right, got into a fracas with the Suns, and then was upset because, as he saw it, his teammates didn't come to his defense as vigorously as he'd hoped.
"We have guards that get to the basket so our bigs step up," Hill said. "Sometimes our guards will fall asleep and won't box out."

It was more matter-of-fact than scathing, but there it was -- the first crack in the purple-and-gold facade between teammates this season. The smelling salts moment of realization that this group of likable Lakers players -- that longtime team trainer Gary Vitti called, back in training camp, the closest squad he has ever been a part of in his 30 years with the franchise -- had fallen so far from mounting losses and an incredible number of injuries, that it was now playing the blame game.

It turns out Hill's comment was just the tip of the iceberg, because one night later, after the Lakers' 121-114 loss in Phoenix on Wednesday -- their 12th loss in their last 13 games, including sixth straight while giving up 10-plus points to the opponent -- that crack became an all-out fissure as the Lakers' locker room was split over Nick Young's ejection.


http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/38543/first-signs-of-fractured-locker-room


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:06 am    Post subject:

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PHOENIX -- The injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers had only eight players available for Wednesday's game with the Phoenix Suns, so the last thing they needed was to lose a man to an ejection.

When forward Nick Young was kicked out in the first half after scuffling with several Phoenix Suns following a hard foul from rookie center Alex Len, the Lakers' bench was shortened further, and Los Angeles' 13-point, second-quarter lead didn't last long.

Phoenix guard Gerald Green scored 16 of his season-high 28 points in the third quarter, and the Suns used a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to beat the Lakers 121-114.

Suns forward Markieff Morris had 17 of his 24 points in the first half, and center Channing Frye produced 10 of his 20 in the fourth quarter.

Phoenix guard Goran Dragic finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. He scored eight points during an 18-8 Phoenix run down the stretch to finish off the win.

Dragic was also in the middle of things when emotions boiled over with 7:33 left in the first half.

Len tried to block Young's fast-break dunk attempt but caught Young in the head instead. Young hit the ground hard, then popped up immediately looking for Len. He was intercepted by Markieff Morris and Phoenix forward Marcus Morris, but Young persisted and took a swing with an open hand that connected with the head of Dragic.



After a long delay to review the replay, Young and Len were ejected, and Marcus Morris picked a technical foul.

After the game, Young said he felt he had no choice but to defend himself because none of his teammates were in the area.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/16/bkn-lakers-suns-writethru-idUSMTZEA1GH95O4U20140116
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:07 am    Post subject:

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Kendall Marshall proves NBA talent in return to Phoenix
Posted by Kevin Zimmerman on January 16th, 12:24 am (1 hour ago)

PHOENIX — It’s not uncommon that a first-round draft pick takes some career bruises as a green NBA player.

Phoenix Suns guard Gerald Green was out of the league after four quiet NBA seasons but led Phoenix with 28 points in its 121-114 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Channing Frye added 20 points for Phoenix, and the eighth overall pick from 2005 had gone through a similar ordeal after the Knicks traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers after two seasons in the Big Apple. Likewise, Suns center Miles Plumlee saw the Pacers ship him off after a season and 55 minutes of game action.

And then there’s Kendall Marshall, the former Suns lottery pick who made his U.S. Airways return as a starter for the injury-plagued Lakers on Wednesday.

“I mean, it’s a business,” Marshall said. “I just happened to go through it a lot earlier than a lot of other people.”

It’s true, but in the second-year point guard’s case, such a humbling experience came with a much stronger message. He wasn’t traded for a player who could contribute now, as was Frye for Zach Randolph or Plumlee for Luis Scola. It wasn’t a fizzle-out like Green, who didn’t improve enough with multiple teams. Marshall was shipped off when Ish Smith looked like a better role player for the Suns, and on top of it all, he was dumped by a Washington Wizards team that’s currently wishing for a backup to John Wall.

Two teams didn’t want him badly enough where they wouldn’t even stick him on the end of the bench.

“Of course there’s doubt,” Marshall said of his thought process after being waived by Washington. “You’re out the league after one year after being a lottery pick. Of course you’re questioning yourself. But I think that lasted a whole two days. Once I got back on the court and started working out, it was focusing on the future.”

Question why exactly the Suns and Wizards wanted no part of the North Carolina product, who has obvious flaws on the court but always was an NBA player in potential.

But it’s not Marshall’s fault he was drafted in the lottery.



Read more: http://valleyofthesuns.com/2014/01/16/kendall-marshall-nba-talent-return-phoenix/#ixzz2qY7X6yL9
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:09 am    Post subject:

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Nick Young ejected, Lakers defeated by Phoenix Suns, 121-114
The player's removal because of a 'punching foul' could bring another blow to the team: suspension. The Lakers fall to 14th in the Western Conference.

By Mike Bresnahan
January 15, 2014, 11:12 p.m.


PHOENIX — Dreadful season. Just when Lakers fans thought it couldn't get worse, it did.

Nick Young was ejected in the second quarter because of a "punching foul" and later said he felt ignored by teammates in the midst of a skirmish Wednesday against the Phoenix Suns.

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The Lakers touched new depths — 14th in the Western Conference — after a 121-114 loss and also might have fumbled the only thing they had left, their decent team chemistry.

And sure, the guy who blistered them for 28 points at US Airways Center was cut by them in training camp two seasons ago.

BOX SCORE: Phoenix Suns 121, Lakers 114

But the game and its aftermath centered on Young, a good guy gone wild after being fouled hard by Alex Len while attempting a fastbreak layup with 7 minutes 33 seconds left in the second quarter.

Young popped up quickly from the court and shoved Len, a 7-foot-1 center. After getting pushed briefly by Suns forward Marcus Morris, Young struck Suns guard Goran Dragic on the head with an open hand.

Referees studied the play on a courtside monitor and ejected Young for throwing a punch. Len was tossed because of a flagrant foul.

Young had nine points in 10 minutes and yanked off his jersey before he left the court, a final display of disrespect. He's one of the nicer players in the game, but a suspension is almost surely coming. The Lakers are also privately worried that Jordan Hill will be suspended for leaving the bench during the altercation.

Young was unhappy with his teammates, feeling they didn't come to his rescue.




http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/lakers/la-sp-lakers-suns-20140116,0,2296171.story#ixzz2qY7qw2Fu
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:11 am    Post subject:

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Suns beat Lakers after Nick Young, Alex Len ejected

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PHOENIX -- Gerald Green was in a generous mood after his best game of the season.

Green had a strong second half to finish with a season-high 28 points and lead the Phoenix Suns in a 121-114 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.

Green then pledged to pay any fine the NBA might hand down to rookie teammate Alex Len, who was ejected after a flagrant foul following an altercation involving the Lakers' Nick Young in the second quarter.

"Hope the NBA doesn't do anything, but if it does, I'll take care of it," Green said.

Green was careful with his shooting, shying away for 3-point attempts and finishing 12 for 18 from the field.

"I felt like I wasn't settling for my jumper," Green said. "Coach is still telling to shoot the ball so I'm going to continue to do that. I just tried not to take as many 3s as I normally do."

Channing Frye had 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Markieff Morris scored 17 of his 24 in the first half to help the Suns snap a three-game skid. Goran Dragic added 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Pau Gasol scored 24 points to lead the Lakers and Wesley Johnson had 22 against his former team.

Los Angeles, already short-handed with five players -- including star Kobe Bryant -- out with injuries, lost leading-scorer Young midway through the second quarter when he was ejected for throwing a punch at Dragic.

After being hit in the face by Len going up for a layup, Young retaliated by shoving Len and then swinging at Dragic's face while being pushed away from the fray.

Len was tossed and the Suns' Marcus Morris was issued a technical foul for his role in the fracas. Young, who had nine points at the time, took off his jersey and tossed his undershirt into the crowd on his way to the locker room.

"I just reacted and got caught up in the moment. Like anyone would have," Young said. "It was a tough foul."


http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/recap?id=400489447
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:20 am    Post subject:

This story is a few days old and not from the usual sports authorities.I think its' worth a read and didn't see it anywhere on the site.

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Lakers Trade Rumors: Pau Gasol for Sixers’ Thaddeus Young, Tony Wroten, Los Angeles Must Explore Trade

By Lou Ramon Aguila | January 13, 2014 2:31 PM EST
The Los Angeles Lakers have roughly a month left to make a decision on the future of All-Star power forward Pau Gasol. However, with the Spaniard's all set to test the free-agency market this summer, the purple-and-gold have no option but to trade him before the Feb 20 deadline.

In the latest report by CBS NBA insider Ken Berger, the Lakers are reportedly attempting to trade Gasol in exchange for an athletic power forward who could flourish in Mike D'Antoni's run-and-gun offense. However, NBA insiders believed it would be a tall order for the Lakers to get a solid player in return for trading Gasol, whose trade value plummeted.

"The Lakers are combing the trade market for an athletic power forward who fits Mike D'Antoni's system, though it isn't clear how high they're aiming. If LA is looking for a premium player in return for Pau Gasol, league sources say Gasol's trade value has plummeted to the point where such a deal is unrealistic," Berger stated.

"Also, rival executives are skeptical that the Lakers would be willing to cut into future cap space, especially with an Eastern Conference executive telling CBSSports.com this week that "everyone knows" 2015 free agent Kevin Love wants to sign with LA," the analyst added.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak stressed in a recent press conference that the team has no plans to tank this season in order for them to get a high pick in next year's draft. Indeed, the Lakers still have a first round pick in the much ballyhooed 2014 Draft, and apparently that pick can help them unload Gasol's huge expiring contract and receive a solid compensation from that deal.

Making a Gamble

At this point of the season, the Lakers have the options to tank or continue the fight with the hope of squeaking into the playoff picture of a very competitive Western Conference race.

Tanking for sure won't guarantee them a chance to land the top-three picks and draft franchise-changing prospects like Andrew Wiggins, Jabbari Parker and Julius Randle because a bunch of miserable Eastern Conference teams will likely get most of the pingpong balls in the lottery.

If Kupchak wants to play safe and make the most of Gasol's expiring contract, the best possible trade partner he can get is the Philadelphia 76ers, which is making an athletic young power forward available for trade. His name is Thaddeus Young.


http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/534012/20140113/nba-trade-news.htm#.UteehiqF9F9
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:21 am    Post subject:

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Recap: Phoenix vs. LA Lakers
January 15
BY SPORTS NETWORK
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Markieff Morris scored 24 points, Channing Frye had 20, and Goran Dragic recorded a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who have won four straight over LA. P.J. Tucker netted 15 points in the win.

"I just tried not to take as many 3-pointers as I normally do," Green said of his performance. "We just tried to limit all the mistakes."

Pau Gasol tallied 24 points with nine rebounds and five assists for Los Angeles, which has lost seven straight on the road and six straight overall.

Wesley Johnson contributed 22 points and Chris Kaman added 18 points off the bench. Kendall Marshall deposited a double-double with 10 points and 13 assists in the setback.

"We're still trying to figure things out," Marshall admitted. "Hopefully we can cut down on a lot of things that we're doing wrong and it will turn into wins and we can get this ball rolling."


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/01/15/4755541/recap-phoenix-vs-la-lakers.html#storylink=cpy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:24 am    Post subject:

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Nick Young tries to fight entire Phoenix Suns team, gets ejected

POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 9:59 PM


Nick Young got upset at Alex Len for a hard foul and then tried to fight anybody he could find.

Nick Young has all of the swag. Sometimes, however, that swag can get a little out of control. For example, here's a pretty hard (and potentially dirty) foul from Alex Len.



Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sbnation/SBNation_20140115_Nick_Young_tries_to_fight_entire_Phoenix_Suns_team__gets_ejected.html#W0Fjlij7wvDl8VoZ.99
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:26 am    Post subject:

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NBA Rumors: Lakers Considering Trading Pau Gasol To 76ers For Thaddeus Young, Tony Wroten?

By Alex Groberman, Wed, January 15, 2014
The Los Angeles Lakers have made it no secret that they are willing to trade Pau Gasol. Unfortunately, his age, injures and salary make a deal very difficult to swing. With Kobe Bryant out for the foreseeable future, Steve Nash likely out until he finally retires, and 24 losses in their last 38 games, L.A. management is understandably revisiting what they could get for their only tradable asset – even if his value is at its lowest point ever right now.

According to the International Business Times, there has been some speculation about a deal between the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers that would send Gasol plus a pick to Philly, and land a package of Thaddeus Young plus Tony Wroten in Los Angeles.

It’s clear why this deal would be good for the Lakers. The chances of them getting a top three draft pick are slim – and outside the top three this draft is unpredictable. It’s more solid than it has been in recent years, but still unpredictable. Unloading a pick and Gasol for a talented, athletic guy like Young who would fit seamlessly in Mike D’Antoni’s system makes sense. And Wroten is one of the league’s more promising young point guards; given the Lakers’ hole at that position, this would be a great pick-up for them.

Unfortunately, this deal doesn’t make as much sense when you look at it from Philly’s point of view. Sure they would get cap space by letting Gasol go, but is the Lakers’ draft pick really worth giving up Wroten for?

It’s worth keeping an eye on how bad the Lakers get


http://www.opposingviews.com/i/sports/nba/nba-rumors-lakers-considering-trading-pau-gasol-76ers-thaddeus-young-tony-wroten
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:08 am    Post subject:

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NBA Rumors: Lakers Considering Trading Pau Gasol To 76ers For Thaddeus Young, Tony Wroten?


Oh, boy... just trade him already and let us be over with this misery!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:52 am    Post subject:

thaddeus is a great 2 way player. do it already mitch
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:11 am    Post subject:

what a joke this front office has become! They've tried trading this guy for the past 3 years ! DO IT ALREADY AND GET IT OVER WITH YOU INCOMPETENT FOOLS!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:11 am    Post subject:

Yes please, Wroten is a young and upcoming player. Young is a proven scorer. DO IT ALREADY!!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:56 am    Post subject:

calistrtballr wrote:
thaddeus is a great 2 way player. do it already mitch


Not if they are giving up this year's first round pick.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:38 am    Post subject:

if you read the "trade rumor" you will see it isn't anything more than a dude adding his own opinion off Ken Berger saying we were looking for an athletic 4. there no basis to this.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:01 pm    Post subject:

Yeah, this isn't a rumor but rather speculation.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:48 pm    Post subject:

I hope the rumor is false. Enough of trading are draft picks!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:00 pm    Post subject:

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Lakers' Young suspended one game for punch

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Posted Jan 16, 2014 5:26 PM

NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young has been suspended one game without pay for throwing a punch at Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic with 7:33 remaining in the second quarter of the Lakers' 121-114 loss to the Suns on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at US Airways Center, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

Suns center Alex Len, who was ejected for his Flagrant Foul 2 against Young, has been fined $15,000. Suns forward Marcus Morris has been fined $25,000 for escalating the altercation.

Young will serve his suspension on Friday, Jan. 17, when the Lakers visit the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.


http://www.nba.com/2014/news/01/16/nick-young-suspended/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpts
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:02 pm    Post subject:

eh F that. thought just straight up swap of pau for thaddeus young
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 3:57 am    Post subject:

If it happens it happens until then this is all bull
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